Senator Akpabio Sexually Harassed Me Says Ex NDDC Boss, Joy Nunieh

Reports reaching Wakeupafrica360 from our source in Nigeria has it that a new can of worms has been opened following the ongoing exchange of words between the former acting director of the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC), Joy Nunieh and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio. Speaking on Monday, the former NDDC boss, Joy Nunieh noted that she once slapped Senator Akpabio for sexually harassing her. She disclosed this during an interview section on Arise TV where she pointed out that the incident happened at the minister’s guest house in Abuja. According to her, she said and I quote, “why did he not tell Nigerians hat I slapped him in his guest house at Apo? I am the only woman that slapped Akpabio. He thought he could come up on me. He tried to harass me sexually. I am an Ogoni woman and nobody jokes with us. I showed Akpabio that Rivers women do not tolerate nonsense.”

Photo of Senator Godswill Akpabio and Former NDDC Boss, Joy Nunieh

It will be recalled that the Minister and the ex-NDDC boss have been publicly exchanging words over what transpired in the Nigeria Delta Development Commission during her tenure. This is line with the activities of the senate ad hoc panel investigating the alleged mismanagement of N40 billion by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC which Akpabio has already denied, with claims that the NDDC under Nunieh’s leadership failed o give him necessary briefings accusing her also of having a bad character. However, the former NDDC Boss, Nunieh claimed that she was forcefully removed from office because she refused to take “an oath of secrecy” which was meant to keep her from exposing fraud at the commission. She therefore accused Senator akpabio of trying to inflate the NDDC budget by inserting several fake projects.

According to a statement from her, she said and I quote, “Senator Akpabio wrote me to put a list of projects from the refugee commission in the budget of NDDC. Refugee Commission is another federal government commission for IDPs. How do you tell me to put some of their projects in the NDDC budget when we have so many things to do in the Niger Delta? How do you explain that? “

She also claimed that Akpabio had threatened to sack her if she didn’t do what he wants. According to her, she said and I quote, “when we first came to the NDDC, on the day of going to the inauguration, he told me in the car that Madam MD, if you don’t do what I say, the same pen which I use to sign your letter, it will be the same pen I will use to remove you from office.”

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